Rosenberg City Council members will hold the a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget at Tuesday’s meeting.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.. The public is invited to comment on the proposed $82 million budget.

In early August, council also came to a consensus to lower the tax rate a cent and a half.

The fiscal year 2021 budget was initially prepared using a 40.5 cents per $100 valuation tax rate applied to the certified taxable property values. The current tax rate is 41.5 cents.

However, by cutting the tax rate another half-cent, the city would lose $145,000 in the FY2021 budget, Assistant City Manager Joyce Vasut said.

Mayor Bill Benton suggested taking the $145,000 needed to fund the FY2021 budget from the general fund balance, which currently holds $17 million. Eventually, council unanimously agreed on the 40 cent tax rate.

With the proposed 40-cent tax rate, listed are the following supplemental budget requests and their annual and/or recurring costs that have been approved by council:

1. Patrol vehicle equipment replacement, police department: $375,000 with a $25,000 recurring cost

2. Patrol vehicle computer upgrade, police: $136,800

3. Higher ground replacement, police: $81,000 with a $25,000 recurring cost

4. Facility camera replacement, police: $45,000

5. Unmarked criminal investigations department vehicle for new position, police: $35,000

6. Tractor, parks and recreation department: $31,650 with a $500 recurring cost

7. Fifteen taser replacements, police: $24,998

8. City website redesign, communications department: $40,000 with a $12,000 recurring cost

Listed are the following personnel budget requests and their annual and/or recurring costs:

1. Detective officer, police: $10,739 with a $75,829 recurring cost

2. Police officer No. 1, police: $11,459 with a $75,226 recurring cost

3. Police officer No. 2, police: $11,459 with a $75,226 recurring cost

The 2020 fiscal year will begin Oct. 1 and the new tax rate goes into effect Jan. 1.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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